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"He was like a man who had served a term in prison or had been to Harvard College or had lived for a long time with foreigners in South America."
― Carson McCullers on Jake Blount, in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
After graduating from Harvard, I worked in Venezuela and other Latin American countries, finally getting a Ph.D. in sociology (Northwestern U.) and teaching and writing on Latin American themes. I began writing fiction later, including a book of short stories, Welcome to My Contri (reviewed in New York Times, 1988) and many other stories in print and online journals. I have also written five nonfiction books on Latin America. I started out wanting to change the world, then I decided maybe I should first try to understand it, and so became a sociology professor. Finally I decided I could understand it best by participating in its dialogues as a writer, and could try to understand other people's lives by imagining them, in fiction. But to keep checking my data base, to keep my fiction attuned to reality, I still do sociology: research and writing. In the course of these explorations, I've learned to speak French, passably, and Spanish very well; now I'm trying to learn a little Turkish (it has to do with my latest novel, which will soon appear in Turkish translation). I live in southeastern Spain.